BAR HARBOR — The Acadia Choral Society’s holiday concerts will take place at St. Saviour’s Episcopal Church on Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m.
The theme this year is “saints and angels of Christmas.” Jonathan Willcocks’ three-movement “Gloria,” first performed in 2001, represents the angels. Those who admire John Rutter and the late Sir David Willcocks will appreciate this challenging, rhythmically complex work, which is still very accessible for the first-time listener.
Sunday is the Feast Day of St. Nicholas, who is celebrated as both a sacred and secular figure. Bob Chilcott’s “The Beatitudes” uses the Gospel text from the liturgy for St. Nicholas. The chorus also will perform Sy Brandon’s “‘Twas the Night Before Christmas,” a contemporary romp through the famous poem that created the popular image of St. Nick as a plump “jolly old elf,” clad in fur, with a sleigh and eight tiny reindeer.
St. Mary is represented by Mozart’s effervescent Regina Coeli (Queen of Heaven), for chorus and solo quartet. St. Joseph is honored in two lovely pieces for chorus, piano and oboe. The program concludes with Willcocks’ effervescent “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and our annual carol sing-along.
Jamie Hagedorn directs the chorus. Kimberley Haller is assistant director and accompanist at the piano and organ. This concert also features the Acadia Chamber Winds.
Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $15, at Sherman’s Books & Stationery and Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars (both in Bar Harbor), the Northeast Harbor Library, the Southwest Harbor Public Library and the Seven Arts gallery in Ellsworth. Tickets also are available from chorus members. Visit www.acadiachoralsociety.org.
The Jackson Laboratory, Fiore Artisan Olive Oils & Vinegars and Bar Harbor Savings & Loan are corporate sponsors of the Acadia Choral Society, an Acadia Centennial Partner.